Megan Lynch – Intern Profile
How quickly the summer has gone. Lord’s latest intern is already winding down her time here.
Megan Lynch started at Lord Cultural Resources in June, and is set to enter her second year at the Schulich School of Business at York University, jointly pursuing an MBA focused in Arts Management and a Masters in Art History.
After several years as a strategic event coordinator at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C., Canada called her home, and Lord was the perfect fit to complement a career shift.
Megan has never been shy about big moves, turning what was to be a short stint at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery into the better part of a decade in Washington, where she had first hand experience with the intricate goings-on of Washington politics, and learned the importance of using culture to advance diplomatic goals.
Following her latest big move to Toronto, she learned about Lord through a breakfast networking event she had stumbled upon on social media, and realized it was the perfect place to enhance her studies and gain a deeper understanding of the breadth and intricacies of cultural planning.
Working with Lord’s Management Consulting team, Megan contributed to a strategic plan for a public library, a social impact assessment and business case for a science centre, and an international media strategy for a children’s museum. Her experience at Lord wove business and arts and cultural elements together – taking the lessons she learned in the first year of her MBA and allowing her to apply them to real world projects.
In her first year in Toronto, Megan has thrown herself into the cultural scene – volunteering at Luminato and TIFF, joining the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) young patrons program, and checking out shows at galleries around town. Her experience in Washington has helped her develop a well-rounded appreciation of Toronto’s decidedly less political cultural scene, and bring a fresh perspective to the opportunities and challenges it faces.
Hoping to use her business and strategic planning background to contribute to the success of art institutions, Megan’s ultimate goal is to help make the industry more sustainable. Given the volatility of funding, she believes excellent management practices are a vital component to the success of arts and culture in Canada.
Want to reach Megan? You can follow her on Twitter by searching for @MeganLynch. You can also find her on LinkedIn.